Downton Abbey earns Golden Globe noms

Downton Abbey and its stars have been nominated for a string of Golden Globe awards.

The ITV period drama is one of five contenders including BBC drama The Hour for best miniseries or movie.

Its stars Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville and Dame Maggie Smith are nominated for separate awards.

Elizabeth is up against stars including The Hour’s Romola Garai, Kate Winslet and Emily Watson for the best actress in a miniseries or movie award.

Hugh faces competition from names including Luther star Idris Elba, Dominic West and Bill Nighy for the best actor in a miniseries or movie award.

Brit actors Jeremy Irons and Damian Lewis have picked up nominations for best actor in a television drama for their roles in The Borgias and Homeland respectively.

Matt LeBlanc show Episodes was nominated for musical or comedy series and Friends actor Matt got a nod for best actor in a musical or comedy.

Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald is nominated along with Dame Maggie for her role in the prohibition-era drama Boardwalk Empire.

Other nominees in the supporting actress in a series, miniseries or movie include Jessica Lange and Evan Rachel Wood.

Band of Brothers star Damian, who plays a US soldier suspected of being a spy after being held captive in Afghanistan in Homeland, said he was “lucky to be part of” the show.

He joked: “I may even be in season two now.”